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TKA students compete in Chicago

on Tuesday, 16 August 2016. Posted in Good life, Education, Local News

TKA students compete in Chicago
Standing, from left, Jeff Prussia, YIG Sponsor, Drew Towler, Jacob Parnell, Eliza Wilhoit, Harrison Boatwright, Kelsey Norris and Andrew Alexander in the front.

The King’s Academy represented South Carolina at the National Judicial Competition, a mock trial contest in Chicago. After winning the spot in November at the state competition, the team of six high school students ranked 13th at the mock trials in early August. Almost 200 high school students attended the event in Chicago from all over the United States. The competition included two grueling days of trials.

Judges based their reviews on individual performance in oratory skills, strategy, and prowess to use the law to your advantage. In November, at the state competition, The King’s Academy delegation won The Most Outstanding Attorney Team, therefore the chance to compete on the national level. The team included Andrew Alexander, Harold Boatwright, Kelsey Norris, Jacob Parnell, Drew Towler and Eliza Wilhoit.

This summer, they strategized and studied in preparation. The competition involved four rounds of mock trials, where students took on the roles of attorneys and witnesses for each side of the case. Each trial challenges every student to critically think and listen, speaking carefully. Strategies are implemented to extrapolate the best information for a side of the case.

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